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Alain Bashung grave: public Rock Art #3

Grave and headstone of Alain Bashung

Grave of Alain Bashung, Pere Lachaise

Since the first generation of rock musicians started leaving the stage for good, their graves and headstones have become places of pilgrimage.

Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris is best known as the final resting place of Jim Morrison of The Doors. On a recent visit there, I also took time to search out the grave of the recently deceased French rocker Alain Bashung/(Baschung on the headstone).

My first sight of the Bashung grave moved me to tears. I think it was the grave’s formal beauty. It’s a fitting monument: its quiet elegance is entirely in keeping with the man himself. But it also tells you that he was a recording artist.

The talented Alain Bashung was a rarity – he wrote and sang credible rock songs in French.

Because of its precision and its distinctive vowel sounds, French doesn’t easily lend itself to rock music. Hence the absence of francophone rock artists who have reached a global market. Johnny who?

Rock Art in public places – mainly murals and statues – is becoming ever more popular. ROCK ART EDITIONS is keen to explore this exciting new artform.

If you come across a piece of public rock art like the grave of Alain Bashung, please consider ROCK ART EDITIONS – please send me a photograph with details (who/what, where, by whom…) for inclusion here

Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine by The Doors: a striking new album cover

The much-loved compilation from The Doors, Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine, finally on CD

Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine © Rhino 2014

Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine, the new (on CD) release by The Doors has an album cover with a striking design.

The tentative composition and the muted colour palette remind me of the work of two of my favourite 20thC painters, Raoul Dufy and Ben Nicholson.

I already own all the Doors recordings on the new release but I’m very tempted to buy Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine by The Doors purely for the album cover, by Bill Hoffman.

It wouldn’t be the first time: I bought The Very Best Of The Doors, the 40th Anniversary remixes, in 2007 for the remarkable album cover photography by Joel Brodsky.

The Doors’ record labels have been well served by their art directors.